Does the split headlamp design suit the Scout better? We think so.

It was only yesterday when Skoda unveiled the Octavia RS facelift and now the last member of the family to receive a mid-cycle refresh is showing off its revisions. Unsurprisingly, the Scout gets the same split headlight arrangement and makes the switch from the previous bi-xenon (with LED daytime running lights) setup to a full-LED look. Some mild cosmetic revisions to the fog lights and taillights have also been applied, but these are less obvious than the new headlight layout.

Previously offered only with a six-speed manual gearbox, the 2.0 TDI engine with 150 horsepower (110 kilowatts) can now be hooked up to a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. The 1.8 TSI with 180 hp (132 kW) and the stronger 2.0 TDI producing 184 hp (135 kW) will continue to be available without any changes.

2017 Skoda Octavia Scout facelift
Skoda Octavia Scout

Sitting 30 mm higher than the Octavia Combi upon which it’s based, the rugged Scout can also be distinguished by its silver front and rear underbody protection. Another difference between the two is noticeable if you look underneath the car where the all-rounder Scout gets a standard rough-road package bringing additional plastic covering for the undercarriage and also for the brake and fuel lines.

Also standard are the electronic differential locks at both front and rear axles, while an off-road function will make the Octavia Scout more competent when the going gets tough.

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Photos of the cabin have not been released, but we already know Skoda will give buyers the option of a heated steering wheel. In addition, there are revamped infotainment systems with capacitive-touch screens with a fancy glass design and a bump in size from 6.5 to 8 inches for Bolero and Amundsen, whereas the top-spec Columbus has jumped from 8 to 9.2 inches.

2017 Skoda Octavia Scout facelift
Skoda Octavia Scout

Interestingly, the Octavia Scout facelift will have seats equipped with a so-called “Thermo-Flux” function capable of automatically increasing the air and moisture permeability from time to time to boost comfort regardless of the climatic conditions. Just like the regular Combi, its off-road counterpart can swallow up to 610 liters of your luggage thanks to its massive trunk. Fold down the rear seats and the volume increases to a whopping 1,740 liters.

Skoda will have the revised Octavia Scout on sale early next year, with pricing to be announced closer to the model's launch.

Source: Skoda

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